B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International strongly condemns Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for declaring that the Jewish people caused the Holocaust due to their “social behavior.” Abbas gave a speech yesterday at the National Palestinian Council in Ramallah, and referred to his remarks as a “history lesson.” Characterizing his inaccurate remarks as a lesson in history demonstrates a dangerous disregard for the undisputed and undeniable facts surrounding the systematic murder of Europe’s Jews.
Nazis and their collaborators are solely responsible for the Holocaust.
Abbas’ anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric is the height of maliciousness, and no one can expect to arrive at an agreement with a leader who peddles such anti-Semitic tropes. Abbas perpetuating vile conspiracy theories and falsifying history does nothing for the Middle East peace process. It does, however, elevate hatred to a new level.